I was working with one of my clients the other day. She had been in a very senior position for a few years. However, recently the organization had really stepped up its pace and the CEO was intent on extensive growth. Everyone’s leadership was being stretched through an intensive leadership training program.
In our conversation, she said that up until now leadership had come pretty easily for her and that all she had to do was act like herself and everything worked out pretty well.
But that now the bar for team leadership had been raised and she realized that she needed to be more conscious of what she is doing. That she must think about the probable impact of her words or actions before she speaks or acts. She understood that to advance at this senior level she needed to make changes to her leadership style from some of the things that had allowed her to reach that level to begin with.
This is a great insight. The higher up you go or the more complex your organization gets, the greater the demands on your leadership. You do not have the luxury to keep doing things the way you always have. The executives that maintain highly effective leadership are all “lifetime learners". They never stop working on their team leadership.
Keep at it. Read about leadership. Engage other leaders in discussion. We can all learn from each other.
As a matter of fact, that is the primary purpose of this blog; to learn from each other.
Please post comments on your experiences with leadership development. I know you have valuable insights and experiences that will help other leaders in their leadership development efforts.